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Soldiers assault LASTMA officials over BRT lane passage

18 November 2015, 18:12

Lagos - Some officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) were allegedly assaulted by soldiers after they were challenged for driving on the Bus Rapid Transit lane, Punch reports.

The soldiers on Tuesday allegedly plied the lane designated for the Bus Rapid Transit in Lagos State.

The Commander of LASTMA, Kayode Odunuga, had led his men to the Onipanu end of Ikorodu Road to enforce the traffic law when they spotted a senior army officer identified as Major Dickson Okpor in a silver Lexus plying the BRT lane.

Also read: 25 erring LASTMA officials sanctioned

It was learnt that the LASTMA officials also accosted a female banker for the same offence.

A LASTMA official said that while they were attempting to penalise the traffic offenders, a lieutenant colonel who was also driving on the BRT lane, instructed the LASTMA officials to release the soldier and the banker.

It was learnt that when the LASTMA officials refused to do so, the lieutenant colonel, identified as L.A Bello, allegedly called for backup and scores of soldiers immediately stormed the area.

The soldiers allegedly assaulted the LASTMA officials and ensured that all those arrested were released.

Read more at Punch

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